STM’s Peter Luvisa wins Wismer coaching award

Community Jun 23, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Peter Luvisa had played football, but never coached when he found himself head coach of St. Thomas More’s junior football team in 1988.

He was a player when he had attended several years earlier and now at the age of 24, fresh out of university, he was thrust into the head coaching position.

“The program was in a bit of disarray,” says Luvisa.

“We barely had 30 sets of equipment, we had no matching pants, helmets didn’t match … It was a big building process from there.”

“I’m quite proud we’ve built a program from basically nothing to a pretty good program now.”

Most people would define “pretty good” as an understatement of junior football at St. Thomas More.

What Lusiva has done over the last 25-plus years — seven city football titles in 11 championship appearances, including multiple undefeated seasons — earned him the 2015 Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

Luvisa, a teacher-librarian at the west Mountain school, is quick to say the accomplishment has a big supporting cast.

“We don’t win without great coaches,” said Luvisa, touting the help of Frank Falcone, Chris DeStephanis, Michael Zajac, Andrew Bukvic, Paul Henderson, Mike Spadafora, Nick Meme, Mike Hayes and Nick Digati.

“And unless you have the horses, you can’t win the race. We’ve been very, very fortunate to have excellent athletes.”

The annual coaching award is handed out each year in memory of John Wismer, a teacher with the Hamilton public school board for 33 years.

He retired from Barton Secondary School, where he was head of physical education, in 1989.

Luvisa is the third winner from St. Thomas More. Senior girls basketball coach Blaize DiSabatino won in 2013, while senior football Claudio Silvestri won in 2007.

STM’s Peter Luvisa wins Wismer coaching award

Junior football coach has impressive record

Community Jun 23, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Peter Luvisa had played football, but never coached when he found himself head coach of St. Thomas More’s junior football team in 1988.

He was a player when he had attended several years earlier and now at the age of 24, fresh out of university, he was thrust into the head coaching position.

“The program was in a bit of disarray,” says Luvisa.

“We barely had 30 sets of equipment, we had no matching pants, helmets didn’t match … It was a big building process from there.”

We don’t win without great coaches. And unless you have the horses, you can’t win the race.

“I’m quite proud we’ve built a program from basically nothing to a pretty good program now.”

Most people would define “pretty good” as an understatement of junior football at St. Thomas More.

What Lusiva has done over the last 25-plus years — seven city football titles in 11 championship appearances, including multiple undefeated seasons — earned him the 2015 Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

Luvisa, a teacher-librarian at the west Mountain school, is quick to say the accomplishment has a big supporting cast.

“We don’t win without great coaches,” said Luvisa, touting the help of Frank Falcone, Chris DeStephanis, Michael Zajac, Andrew Bukvic, Paul Henderson, Mike Spadafora, Nick Meme, Mike Hayes and Nick Digati.

“And unless you have the horses, you can’t win the race. We’ve been very, very fortunate to have excellent athletes.”

The annual coaching award is handed out each year in memory of John Wismer, a teacher with the Hamilton public school board for 33 years.

He retired from Barton Secondary School, where he was head of physical education, in 1989.

Luvisa is the third winner from St. Thomas More. Senior girls basketball coach Blaize DiSabatino won in 2013, while senior football Claudio Silvestri won in 2007.

STM’s Peter Luvisa wins Wismer coaching award

Junior football coach has impressive record

Community Jun 23, 2015 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

Peter Luvisa had played football, but never coached when he found himself head coach of St. Thomas More’s junior football team in 1988.

He was a player when he had attended several years earlier and now at the age of 24, fresh out of university, he was thrust into the head coaching position.

“The program was in a bit of disarray,” says Luvisa.

“We barely had 30 sets of equipment, we had no matching pants, helmets didn’t match … It was a big building process from there.”

We don’t win without great coaches. And unless you have the horses, you can’t win the race.

“I’m quite proud we’ve built a program from basically nothing to a pretty good program now.”

Most people would define “pretty good” as an understatement of junior football at St. Thomas More.

What Lusiva has done over the last 25-plus years — seven city football titles in 11 championship appearances, including multiple undefeated seasons — earned him the 2015 Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence.

Luvisa, a teacher-librarian at the west Mountain school, is quick to say the accomplishment has a big supporting cast.

“We don’t win without great coaches,” said Luvisa, touting the help of Frank Falcone, Chris DeStephanis, Michael Zajac, Andrew Bukvic, Paul Henderson, Mike Spadafora, Nick Meme, Mike Hayes and Nick Digati.

“And unless you have the horses, you can’t win the race. We’ve been very, very fortunate to have excellent athletes.”

The annual coaching award is handed out each year in memory of John Wismer, a teacher with the Hamilton public school board for 33 years.

He retired from Barton Secondary School, where he was head of physical education, in 1989.

Luvisa is the third winner from St. Thomas More. Senior girls basketball coach Blaize DiSabatino won in 2013, while senior football Claudio Silvestri won in 2007.